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Fools Paradise John Gierach

Fools Paradise

John Gierach

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ISBN : 9781615526048
Paperback
224 pages
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I dont have illusions about permanence...Its just that I can live with any number of things going straight to hell as long as these streams continue to hold up. If this amounts to living in a fools paradise, dont waste your time trying toMoreI dont have illusions about permanence...Its just that I can live with any number of things going straight to hell as long as these streams continue to hold up. If this amounts to living in a fools paradise, dont waste your time trying to explain that to the fool.If John Gierach is living in a fools paradise, then its a paradise that his regualr readers will recognize and new fans will delight in discovering. Laced with the inimitable blend of wit and wisdom that have made him fly-fishings foremost scribe, Fools Paradise chronicles the fishing life in all its glory (catching your biggest fish ever) and squalor (being stranded in a tent during experiences are valuable, and both evoke humor and insight.Fishermen everywhere will understand Gierachs quest to discover and explore new waters (and then not to divulge the best locations to anyone), the unlikely appeal of winter fly-fishing (the ice fishing shanty served the dual purpose of group therapy and the neighborhood tavern), how impossible it is to predict the best fishing (Everything that happens is entirely familiar, but I dont always see it coming), or even the aburdity of the entire exercise (day after day, youre casting a fly that doesnt look like anything to fish that arent hungry and may not even be there). Braving trips on small prop planes and down Oh-My-God roads alike, Gierach and his fishing buddies pursue bull trout in British Columbia, steelhead in the Rocky Mountains, and pike so fierce that a wise fisherman wears Kevlar gloves for the obligatory trophy photo.But as with any activity that depends on unspoiled wilderness, change is constant. Gierach sees this happening both in the landscape (You never get to point at a meadow full of browsing mule deer and say, You know, all this was once condos.) and at lodgers that now require guests to sign liability waivers ([I] had a brief vision of herds of lawyers coursing over the tundra in search of litigation). Just the same, he is always awed by the experience of nature, or as he puts it: Youre on a lovely remote wilderness river in the Alaskan backcountry. There are people who would make this trip and not even bring a fishing rod.Musing on the enduring appeal of fishing, Gierach theorizes, Were so used to the fake and the packaged that encountering something real can amount to a borderline religious experience. Equal parts fishing lore, philosophy, and great fishing stories, Fools Paradise may not be a perfect substitute for actually being out on the water, but its surely the next best thing.